The Surat Traffic Police has begun a crackdown on vehicles flouting the rules of the amended Motor Vehicles Act, which came into force, after two deadline extensions, on Friday.
The traffic police identified 60 locations across the city where check points were set up to nab rule-breakers. They were on their toes the whole day as hundreds of vehicles continued to violate the rules, despite the state government having extended the deadline for compliance to October 15 first and then to October 31.
They also faced resistance in some areas from the public, which resulted in altercations.
Out of four traffic zones, the city’s traffic police booked 227 cases in Zone 1 and collected a penalty amount of Rs 93,000, while in Zone 2, a total of 553 cases were booked and a penalty amount of 2.37 lakh was collected from violators of the Act. The figures of the remaining two zones are still pending.
Deputy Commissioner of police (Traffic), Surat city, Prashant Sumbe said those who were not wearing helmets, did not possess Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates and whose vehicles did not sport the High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) were mainly the ones being booked.
DCP Sumbe said, “Our motive behind this drive is to ensure that the public follows the traffic rules and regulations and make it a habit. We have directed our traffic cops to give more importance on the helmet, HSRP number plate and PUC. We will continue this drive in coming days.”
Apart from the checking of vehicles on the road, police officials at the Command-and-Control centre at Police Bhavan were also watching the entire traffic movement of Surat city, and identified persons who were not wearing helmets and issued memos to them.